Manly re-sign junior trio

Jake Trbojevic

With a vast talent pool to choose from across the Manly and Northern Beaches area, the Manly Sea Eagles have produced some talents over the years.

With that pool, comes the ability to blood players and give them opportunity and for young Manly trio Clinton Gutherson, Tom Trbojevic and Jake Trbojevic, that convinced them to stay among other factors. The trio have re-signed until the end of 2017.

Jake and Tom, both brothers, are Mona Vale Raiders juniors and for both of them, Manly is the club they know and love.

“Manly are a great Club and I’m extremely proud to be playing my footy here over the next few seasons,” Jake said.

“Tom and I have grown up in Mona Vale, knowing nothing else than Manly being one of the best teams in the NRL. It’s a privilege to play for our local Club.”

Having made his debut earlier this year and excelling from the get-go, Tom is also excited about what lies ahead.

“I recently got a taste of what to expect as a NRL player and it was just as exhilarating as Jake had told me,” 18-year old Tom added.

“The opportunity to play alongside my brother in the maroon and white was something I just couldn’t turn down.”

Tom Trbojevic

Although Gutherson is currently injured after damaging his ACL earlier this year, the new deal will push him and motivate him to earn a spot in 2016.

“It’s a great feeling to have recommitted. I’d like to thank the Club for giving me the opportunity to continue my career for the team I have always supported,” Gutherson said.

“My immediate focus is recovering from my knee injury as quickly as possible, so that I can get back on the field and repay the faith the Club has shown in me,” he added.

Knowing the importance of retaining strong local talent, Manly CEO Joe Kelly is pleased to have retained the trio.

“A key part of our strategy is to recruit and retain local talent. Clinton, Jake and Tom are all exciting, home-grown juniors with bright futures and we’re delighted that they’re committed to the Sea Eagles,” Kelly said.

“I’m excited that the Sea Eagles Members, supporters and local community will have the opportunity to watch this trio in their backyard of Brookvale Oval,” added Kelly.

Having seen all three come through the ranks and emerge as future stars, Manly coach Geoff Toovey is pleased to see them re-sign, following on from the re-signings of other juniors in the past.

“We’ve had a number of great local juniors represent this Club over the years and it’s refreshing to see another three coming through now,” Toovey said.

“They are all fantastic young athletes, who have already had a taste of NRL and have proven that they are ready to embark on lengthy careers at the Club.

Now that their immediate future is sorted, they can continue their learning on the job.”

Clinton Gutherson

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